gene A sneak peek at Asus Maximus IV Gene Z

Asus unveiled a tiny picture of its Maximus IV Gene-Z in its Z68 motherboard announcement, but it didn't really give away a lot of details. However, VR-Zone can now offer some more detailed pictures of the board, albeit we have as yet not managed to get hold of a decent picture of the entire board. On the other hand, the pictures we have do give a good idea of what the board has to offer in terms of hardware features and they're a lot more detailed than the first picture.

Asus unveiled a tiny picture of its Maximus IV Gene-Z in its Z68 motherboard announcement, but it didn't really give away a lot of details. However, VR-Zone can now offer some more detailed pictures of the board, albeit we have as yet not managed to get hold of a decent picture of the entire board. On the other hand, the pictures we have do give a good idea of what the board has to offer in terms of hardware features and they're a lot more detailed than the first picture.

gene A sneak peek at Asus Maximus IV Gene Z

First up we've got a larger picture of the one supplied with the press release which still isn't all that detailed, but a lot better than the tiny one we've seen so far. It's clear from this picture alone that the board has a single HDMI port, but let's have a closer look shall we?

gene 5 A sneak peek at Asus Maximus IV Gene Z

Although the close-up we have of the rear ports doesn't reveal everything, it's clear that we have one special USB 2.0 port here, most likely for Asus' ROG Connect. There's also a CMOS reset button around the back and beyond that it looks like we were pretty much spot on, even based on the tiny picture provided alongside the announcement. The Ethernet controller is from Intel, and it has two ASMedia USB 3.0 host controllers.

gene 8 A sneak peek at Asus Maximus IV Gene Z

Around the front we were also spot on, although it's now clear that the board also has a pair of pin headers for four USB 2.0 ports. There's also a POST80 debug LED and a power and reset button at the bottom of the board. Interestingly the PCI Express x4 slot is open ended, so on theory a full-length card could be fitted to it.

gene 1b A sneak peek at Asus Maximus IV Gene Z

The board also has a set of Voltage readout points for overclockers and of course X-Fi 2 SupremeFX audio. We can't really tell how many power phases the board has, but we'd hazard a guess at something like a 12-phase design judging by the size of the heatsinks. Overall a pretty decent little board with plenty of features, although what remains is the one question we all would like to know, how much is it?

gene 7 A sneak peek at Asus Maximus IV Gene Z

In related news, Asus has also confirmed via it's Asus ROG forums that we'll be seeing the Maximus IV Extreme-Z at a later stage, alongside the P8Z68 Deluxe and the P8Z68.